April 23rd, 2009
12:17 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama's numbers high, but will they last?

Obama is enjoying high approval ratings, but history suggests they may not last.
Obama is enjoying high approval ratings, but history suggests they may not last.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A average of the most recent national polls indicates that nearly two out of three Americans approve of the job Barack Obama's doing as president.

According to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled Thursday, 64 percent say they approve of how Obama's handling his duties as president. Twenty-eight percent disapprove.
The President's approval rating also stood at 64 percent in a CNN Poll of Polls compiled in January, just after inauguration.

"Most polls have shown Obama getting fairly high marks on most of the issues he has handled so far," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "One exception has been the way he has handled government assistance to failing banks and automakers. His numbers on the federal deficit are also low in comparison to his approval ratings on the economy and foreign policy."

So how does Obama compare to his predecessors in the White House around the first 100 days mark?

How's the president doing? CNN Radio breaks down the numbers

George W. Bush stood at 62 percent in a CNN/USA Today Gallup poll in April 2001, Bill Clinton was at 55 percent in a CNN/USA Today Gallup poll in April 1993, George H.W. Bush stood at 58 percent in a Gallup poll from April 1989, and Ronald Reagan was at 67 percent in a Gallup poll taken in April 1981.

"The hundred-day mark tends to fall during a period when Americans are still evaluating a new president. The danger period for most presidents comes later in their first year in office," Holland says. "Bill Clinton, for example, still had good marks after his first hundred days, but his approval rating had tanked by June of 1993. Ronald Reagan's approval rating stayed over 50 percent until November of his first year in office, but once it slipped below that mark, it stayed under 50 percent for two years. So Obama's current rating certainly does not indicate that he is out of the woods yet."

The CNN Poll of Polls is an average of three national surveys taken over the past week: Gallup Tracking, Pew, and AP/Gfk.


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  1. AndrewW

    This is getting annoying, CNN.

    "Obama's ratings are high, will they last?"
    "Is Obama's honeymoon over?"
    "Majority of country thinks Obama is doing a good job, but will this support last?"

    I swear twice a week, at least, an article that says virtually the same things as the ones prior comes out. You've been posting articles like this since before he was even elected and have not stopped since.

    Enough is enough. There's plenty of things that are actually happening out there. No need to keep us informed that nothing has changed, and question whether it will change soon. Rather, let us know when it DOES change, and until then cover other stories.

    April 23, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Sam Schmidt

    I have always wanted to love the US president, but I can't stomach this fake in the white house now.

    April 23, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. IndyVoter

    He's doing an excellent job! Especially for someone the Republicans suggested would behave more like an intern stumbling through with "on the job training." He has performed well overseas and still manages to encourage the American people despite Republican efforts to tear him down at every turn. Bravo for authorizing the Pirate Smackdown! Bravo for equal pay for women! Bravo for expanded children's healthcare! He has multi-tasked so well, that people are asking "Is he doing too much?" No...we just haven't seen this level of efficiency and leadership in so long (if ever) we don't know what it looks like.

    Is he perfect? Absolutely not! But I can say that I am proud that I voted for Barack Hussein Obama.

    (Honorable Mention to Michelle for the White House vegetable garden)

    April 23, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Troy

    His ranking is completely dependant on WHERE you poll,

    Go to the Midwest and you will find a lot lower approval rating. Stay on the east and west coast and his approval rating will be higher.

    And always remember this the true measure of a man is not when things are going good for him. The true measure of a man is how he is when things are tough and there are obstacles in his way.

    If Obama is a real man he will make the hard decisions and stick with the consequences good or bad, like Bush did. If he is a weakling he will make his decisions by poll results like Clinton did. Only time will tell the measure of Obama, Even though I don’t believe he will be, I hold hope he will be a strong president and a strong man.

    April 23, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Leslie

    NO! Growing number of people are angry with him, he is the MOST polarizing President. He's lucky if he can finish his term.

    April 23, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Lori

    Before the Republicans say anything... THIS IS NOT A LIBERAL POLL!!! This is one of many that have our President above 60% which is excellent given that his most controversial policies have been passed in the first 100 days and the Republicans have TRIED to criticize him in hopes of chipping away at his numbers- it hasn't worked except on conservatives. Also, Reagan's and Clinton's poll numbers may have slipped after the first 100 days but they both got re-elected to a second term so whether or not President Obama's approval slips in the future it's obviously is no indicator of his future success. Another Obama/Biden 2012 landslide! Thank you my fellow Americans!

    April 23, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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